Former Hezbollah kidnap Victim Jerry Levin, LaGrange, Il

Former Hezbollah kidnap Victim Jerry Levin, LaGrange, Il
March 16, 2018 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
200 Catherine Ave
La Grange
IL 60525
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Former Hezbollah kidnap Victim Jerry Levin, LaGrange, Il

Join the DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition on Friday March 16 at 7 pm, as we welcome speaker Jerry Levin.

A former CNN bureau chief, Jerry Levin was kidnapped by Hezbollah in 1984 and held captive for almost a year in Lebanon.

Emerging from his ordeal, Levin vowed to devote his life to being a peacemaker in the Middle East. We hope you will join us then!

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Grace Lutheran LaGrange, 200 Catherine Ave, La Grange, IL 60525

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In 1984 he was kidnapped and held hostage by Hezbollah. He escaped after eleven and a half months in captivity due to the nonviolent behind the scene efforts of friends and colleagues organized by his wife, Sis Levin. Of Jewish descent, Levin converted to Christianity during his captivity.

In 1991, his story was made into a made-for-TV movie, Held Hostage. The movie starred David Dukes as Levin.

He has worked with several violence reduction organizations in the West Bank and Gaza, including Christian Peacemaker Teams) and with nonviolent peace and nonviolent justice organizations in the U.S.

In April 2009 he and his wife were recognized by the Dalai Lama as one of 2009’s “Unsung Heroes of Compassion”.

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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